3 VIN Scanner Benefits That You Need to Know

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3 VIN Scanner Benefits That You Need to Know

Every mass produced vehicle includes a VIN or vehicle identification number located somewhere on its body. This number contains key information about the manufacturer model of the car. VINs are used for insurance claims, ordering spare parts and a wide range of other transportation and automotive processes.

Until recently, finding and recording your VIN meant transcribing the number with pen and paper or typing it up on a mobile device or computer. Thanks to advances in computer vision, you can now integrate Anyline in your software to create a VIN Scanner app instead.

You can use a mobile VIN scanner to record the vehicle identification number on any car, truck or motorbike. This means you can digitize even more touch points in your transportation and automotive processes. With a more complete picture of how your business works, you’ll be able to make better decisions about optimizing and improving your workflows.

But adding a VIN scanner to your mobile app has even more advantages than that. Check out the 3 major benefits of VIN scanning with Anyline below. And if you want to completely digitize your transportation and automotive processes, find out more here.

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1. VIN Scanning is Fast and Accurate

Instant Mobile VIN Scanning

Anyline’s mobile text recognition technology can scan VINs in an instant. It’s been tested against the manual data entry of humans and was found to be 20 times faster than people at recording 6 digit data values. A VIN is normally 17 characters long so Anyline should give you an even faster comparative scan time when integrated as a VIN scanner.

Anyline also scans license plates

This speed advantage can lead to huge time savings when comparing manual VIN recording with a mobile VIN Scanner app over a large number of vehicles. This net time increase can be used to improve other areas of your employee workflow. It also reduces the resources needed to process VINs. You can say goodbye to paper documentation in your vehicle identification processes as soon as you start scanning.

Accurate Mobile VIN Scanning

In addition to being fast, VIN scanning with Anyline is highly accurate. In laboratory tests, Anyline’s mobile OCR technology was found to have a +99% scan accuracy. This translates to near-perfect scan results in real world scenarios. This scan accuracy also makes it more reliable than even the most well-trained and professional technician. It never gets tired, distracted or stressed and best of all, there are never any typing mistakes when using Anyline.

Typing mistakes creep into any data set when manual data entry is involved in your data collection processes. Anyline removes this step completely and substitutes it’s highly accurate scan results instead. These scan results are also accompanied by an image of the scan target for verification at a later point.

Improve Your Data Quality

The accuracy of Anyline means that the quality of your data sets will improve when removing manual data entry and paper documentation from your processes. Better data is crucial for modern businesses. A number of reports over the last few years have documented the issues with bad data.

One study suggests that poor data quality cost brands up to 6% of their revenue in 2015. In 2016, a different study claimed that bad data was costing the US economy €3 trillion. In addition, a 2017 study suggests that 84% of CEOs are doubtful of the data quality they receive and base decisions on.

With a Mobile VIN scanner, you can rest assured that you’re getting the highest data quality with an improved workflow. Your workforce will also see the benefits as you save them time and resources.

2. VIN Scanning is Safe and Secure

Vehicle identification numbers are unique and meaningful codes. For this reason, it’s important to keep records of VINs confidential and store them in a responsible manner. If you need safety and security in your processes, Anyline’s VIN scanning tool is the right choice for you.

Anyline keeps all scan data safe until you’re ready to securely upload it to your backend. It achieves this by processing all scan information on your device, without sending any data to the cloud for processing. This level of security means that you don’t need to worry about VIN data being accessed before you get your scan results.

This offline scanning capability also means you can perform scans whenever you like. This added layer of agility lets you take full advantage of Anyline’s edge computing power to operate on a mobile basis. Your technicians never need to look for an internet connection to perform a scan. This makes Anyline the perfect tool for VIN scanning as you can scan codes in your garage, on the side of the highway or anywhere else for that matter.

3. VIN Scanning is Easy to Do

One of the most convenient aspects of mobile VIN scanning is how easy it is to pick up and use the first time you try it.

Mobile VIN scanning is simple to perform. Once you’ve located your VIN, you can activate Anyline to get started. Anyline gives you a camera view that features a cut-out area to scan your vehicle identification number. You just need to line up the VIN in the cut-out area and Anyline will automatically scan it. It’s simpler than taking a photo.

Alongside the cutout, Anyline will also provide you with haptic feedback to make sure you’re able to successfully complete your scans. This feedback lets you know if the camera is shaking, or if you need more light. This helps to make scanning intuitive and improves the accuracy of results.

Modern devices built for scanning text and codes often require specific training. This can be intimidating to members of the workforce that don’t have confidence with dedicated devices. Anyline works on almost all smartphones and has the feel of a mobile app. This means there’s a much softer learning curve for your workforce to overcome.

More importantly, this ease of scanning means that you don’t need to waste time and resources training your workforce to use Anyline in your processes. Just install it on your devices and start scanning!


The successful introduction of mobile scanning at Porsche Leipzig is one of the best adaptations of mobile OCR to date. The innovative approach they used to bring augmented reality features to life in their exhibition shows the versatility of Anyline and the scope of use cases it can tackle in the transportation and automotive industry.

Porsche Leipzig is a facility with a primary focus on the production of Cayenne, Panamera and Macan cars. It’s also home to the Porsche Customer Centre. This centre provides an intimate customer experience that brings customers closer to Porsche cars and the brand as a whole.

They wanted to improve this experience with augmented reality so customers could learn even more about their favorite cars and how they were designed. Anyline helped them to achieve this by letting visitors scan license plates in order to access this augmented reality experience.

Visitors can download an app on their phone and scan a license plate the same way as a parking control officer or car rental agent. Once they scan their target license plate, all the critical information about the car their examining is displayed to them on their own mobile device.

This is a great example of how license plate scanning can be linked with other processes to create a fun and interactive experience for customers.


You can add VIN scanning to your app with Anyline. We’ve developed a module within our SDK for this exact purpose. This makes it simple for your development team to integrate it with your existing app or build a new app around it. If you’d like to demo our VIN scanner technology, please get in touch at [email protected]

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You can also get started by downloading a free trial of the SDK.

Find Out More About Anyline

Anyline scans text and codes with your mobile device. It’s accurate, reliable and secure. You can use it to replace typing and manual data entry in your mobile app for improved data quality and faster processes. It includes modules for the most common mobile OCR use cases and can be quickly adapted to scan an ever-increasing number of texts and codes. You can test it for yourself by downloading our showcase app and sample material.


If you have questions, suggestions or feedback on this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via FacebookTwitter or simply via [email protected]! Cheers!


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Content Manager at Anyline I like to write blog posts, make product videos and share news about mobile OCR online. I spend most of my time outside the office playing sports and exploring Vienna.